Question: Can I vent to you for a moment about Gilmore Girls? Will people please stop complaining about the fact that Rory and Lorelai are fighting? I think this is a healthy, natural part of growing up.
Answer: My beef isn't with the estrangement per se. In fact, I actually like the idea of a little mother-daughter conflict, if for no other reason than no one produces better happy-eventual-ending episodes than Team Palladino. My problem with it is that AS-P is bogging down the prereunion shows with too many secondary characters in suddenly primary roles. For instance, I love Kirk, but I don't want to spend half an hour watching him sell engagement rings to Luke. In the same vein, I like (definitely don't love) Luke's brother-in-law, but I really didn't like (hated, even) the major subplot about his inferiority complex as a contractor. That said, last ni
Too bad Lorelai wasn't there to see that one, huh? Her prim and proper, buttoned-up-to-here mother giving Shira Huntzberger the blue-blood bitch slap. No actual contact occurred, just plenty of calmly delivered, sweetly stated, cold, hard insults. My favorite? "You're a two-bit gold digger who got off the bus from Hicksville when you met Mitchum at whatever bar you stumbled into." Go, Emily, go! Someone had to take down that horrible family, especially since Richard clearly wasn't up to the task. (And what took the two of them so freaking long in the first place?) While Richard did push hard for an explanation from Mitchum, he said very little to defend Rory. ("You crushed that girl!" Uh, you tell him, Richie. As if Mitchum actually cared about how Rory felt.) I was hoping he'd actually belt the guy, but that would have been most improper. I was able to forgive Richard's horrible misstep when he got all teary-eyed watching Rory thank her g
Question: I am an avid Gilmore Girls fan, but oh my gosh, the show has sucked this season. Is there any end in sight?
Answer: (SPOILER ALERT) Thankfully, yes. I hear the Oct. 11 episode finds Girls once again in top form. There's apparently a scene where Emily tells off Logan's mom that is classic Kelly Bishop genius. Of course I'm still waiting for the scene where mom and daughter reunite and this show finally gets rolling again! (Just a few more weeks, people!)
Commander in Chief
Can ABC be stopped?
Two weeks into the 2005-06 prime-time season the Alphabet network has taken a commanding ratings lead among viewers aged 18 to 49, the group advertisers covet most. The network's hot new shows from last season, Desperate Housewives and Lost, are even hotter this year. And while none of its new shows look like they'll be breakout hits, they at least show the potential to improve the network's performance on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.
Of course, the race for No. 1 in the prized demo will tighten once Fox's American Idol rolls in again come January. But here's how each of the networks has performed so far and what they'll need to do to improve.
ABC: With two consecutive weekly wins among viewers aged 18 to 49, the network is off to its best start since the 1994-95 season.
Question: I can't believe I haven't seen any questions regarding Supernatural yet. I absolutely loved the pilot. I had the lights turned off while I watched, and it was completely spooky. I think it's filling the void for the part of me that still misses The X-Files. What do you think? I think Jared Padelecki is doing a great job and he and Jensen Ackles make a great pair. They can definitely hold their own as the lead characters.
Answer: So far, it's doing OK, certainly by WB's standards. I imagine we'll get to enjoy this one for at least a full season. I'm liking it well enough, but am a bit concerned by the predictability of the fiend-of-the-week formula. As a horror anthology of sorts, Supernatural needs to make us wonder if our heroes (who are, at least for the moment, invulnerable) will always vanquish the demon and save the girl (and assorted others). That said, the episodes I've seen so far have been satisfyingly spooky. I think what I like best about the show right now is its
Question: I read that Gilmore Girls is bringing on someone to complicate things for Luke and Lorelai. Is this "someone" going to be a baby? Is Lorelai pregnant?
Answer: No, it's my understanding that this particular someone will be a grown man — and no, his name won't be Christopher or Dragonfly Inn Guest No. 1. It'll be someone we've never met before.
Question: Any word on whether Scott Patterson's coming back for a seventh season of Gilmore Girls?
Answer: No, and I just found out that we may not know until May when WB decides whether the show itself is coming back for a seventh season.
Question: Do you have any updates about Everwood?Answer: Yeah, here's one: After screening the first two episodes of the season, Everwood has officially become my new favorite show. And yes, that includes Lost, Veronica Mars and (yikes!) Gilmore Girls. It's that good. I'd even go so far as to proclaim it my new Felicity. Seriously. (SPOILER ALERT) Now, while I won't give away which couple gets hitched in the opener, I will say I jumped to the wrong conclusion — twice — before the betrothed duo were finally revealed at around the 20-minute mark. Also, as exec producer Rina Mimoun teased in AA last month, there's a major twist concerning the new med student (Justin Baldoni) who Amy's crushing on. Oh, and just when I couldn't love the show anymore, Bright utters the following line to Ephram, who flew home from Euro
Question: If you give me some scoop on Gilmore Girls, I will come to your book signing on Friday. Promise.
Answer: You better not be bluffing, Carrie, 'cause we'll be checking IDs at the door. Richard and Emily will soon find out that the apple of their eye has been engaging in some, um, extracurricular activities in the pool house. And suffice it to say they will not be happy. See you Friday at 7:30, Carrie. Just a heads-up: Mayor Bloomberg is urging everyone to take public transportation to the event to cut down on what is expected to be record gridlock. (I'm beginning to think maybe I underestimated my own popularity.)
Question: As a fan of shows like Gilmore Girls, Alias, Lost and Veronica Mars, I have spent time perusing message boards, but I've cut back as of late because I can't stomach them. It seems to me that self-professed diehard fans are constantly complaining about their supposed "favorite" shows. They spend every waking hour critiquing, dissecting and moaning over the coming apocalypse, and it's only after the season ends that they'll warm up to it. The irony is that you, as a critic, seem to know how to enjoy your TV more than these said fans, and I appreciate your column because it's a great place for a balanced dissertation on these shows. So, I was wondering if you have noticed this trend as well in your letters, or if I'm just going crazy.
Answer: You're not crazy — except maybe for going to message boards — but I sometimes have to keep my own temper and sanity in check as I go through my mailbag, especially at this time of year. Which is why I've decided to wait until at least the